Police have charged a Kogi state traditional ruler (in Nigeria) with criminal conspiracy, aiding and abetting and culpable homicide which is contrary to sections 97(1) 229, 325 and 89 of Kogi Penal Code Law.
His Royal Highness (HRH), Alhaji Momoh Nasiru, the Asema Uka (Otumi-Ajoko) and 10 alleged conspirators have been arrested and remain in police custody after the court ruling.
The 69-year-old and his alleged accomplices were charged in a Senior Magistrates’ Court sitting in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital on Friday, October 2, and remanded in a correctional centre for alleged homicide.
In her ruling, Senior Magistrate Ms Shankyula stated the seriousness of the alleged offences, as stated in affidavits presented to the court.
She made the order that the suspects be held in a federal correctional facility for two weeks while further investigation into the matter was conducted. She then adjourned the case.
In the motion brought to the court by police prosecutors Sgt. T. Ganagana, an order was sought for remand of the suspects at the Federal Correctional facility, Koton-Karfe.
The police prosecutors were confident of their application of remand and they felt their case was worth considering the circumstances of such an application.
In laying out their case to the court, prosecutors described how on September 28, the suspects attacked and injured a group of people at Kaaba junction while they were in the process of prayers for the upcoming Kogi state Local government council elections scheduled for December 12, 2020.
It was alleged that the suspects invaded the venue of prayers and inflicted several injuries on about eight people. They were allegedly armed with various weapons – guns, sticks and knives, cutlasses and stones.
The defendant’s counsel, Mu’azu Abbas, asked the court to admit his clients to bail.
The case has been adjourned till October 16th.